The Phillies thought they would have a better year than they did last year. They struggled toward the end of the season but were close to the top of the division for most of the year. Their young players gain a lot of experience that could be pivotal in 2019.
The Phils have had one of the better offseason in the MLB. They recently signed Bryce Harper to a 13-year, $330M contract fulfilling Managing Partner John Middleton‘s declaration that the team had “stupid money” to spend. Harper’s signing was in addition to those of Andrew McCutchen and David Robertson. Vice President and General Manager Matt Klentak didn’t stop there and made trades for JT Realmuto, Jean Segura, Juan Nicasio,
Manager Gabe Kapler made a few changes to the coaching staff by promoting Chris Young to pitching coach (replacing Rick Kranitz) and adding Dave Lundquist as the new assistant pitching coach. Paco Figueroa is the new outfield and baserunning coach.
Looking at all the new additions to the team over the offseason, there is little room for the young prospects that are left to break through in 2019. So now it’s time to see how all the turnover on the roster works out as the season unfolds.